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Lincoln County DA Rob Bovett announces bid for re-election


Rob Bovett photo

Photo and information provided by District Attorney Rob Bovett

Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett has announced that he will seek reelection in 2012.

Bovett served sixteen years as Assistant County Counsel prior to taking office as District Attorney in 2009. During his 2008 campaign, Bovett promised to restore and enhance teamwork, leadership, and collaboration to our public safety system.

“I think we’ve accomplished that, and a whole lot more,” Bovett said. “While police and prosecutors don’t always agree, we have an effective working relationship.” Bovett cited monthly meetings with judges and law enforcement administrators as one key way that our public safety professionals are working together to enhance and improve services.

During the past three years, the District Attorney’s Office has accomplished two major reorganizations to improve systems and deliver better quality prosecution services. Bovett credits the entire team at the District Attorney’s Office for designing and implementing that highly successful major overhaul.

Bovett has been a primary proponent of specialty court systems to intervene and prevent repeating cycles of crime driven by mental illness, substance abuse, or domestic violence. “Specialty courts save lives and families, reduce crime, and save taxpayer money,” Bovett explained. “That’s a triple win.” Three new specialty court programs were established during Bovett’s first three years in office.

Bovett continues to lead legislative improvements to Oregon law, especially in the areas of crime and drug policy. In that capacity, Bovett has received national recognition, particularly in regards to advancing effective solutions to address the methamphetamine epidemic. Bovett has continued his service in the area of policy and legislation, and now serves as co-chair of the Legislative Committee of the Oregon District Attorneys Association.

“I thank the voters of Lincoln County for choosing me to help move our justice system into the 21st Century,” said Bovett. “We’ve made many improvements to better serve the community and victims of crime. I would very much like to continue that progress.”

High Wind Watch: Gusty winds to 65 mph possible through Wednesday evening!

A high wind watch has been posted for the Central Coast including Newport and Lincoln City. Here’s the latest from the Newport Police Department:

* WINDS: SOUTH WIND 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH ALONG BEACHES AND HEADLANDS.

* TIMING: LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

Affected communities include Lincoln City, Newport, Cape Foulweather, Waldport, Yachats, Florence, Astoria, Cannon Beach, Tillamook, Netarts, Pacific City, Raymond, Long Beach and Cape Disappointment.

* IMPACTS: POSSIBLE DAMAGE TO TREES.

After Thanksgiving Turkey, check out the Wild Salmon…for viewing only, of course!


Cook Creek, Salmon and Thanksgiving Day walkers last year!
Photos courtesy MidCoast Watershed Council

Are you looking for something “quite out of the ordinary” to do after that BIG dinner on Thanksgiving? Well, here’s a fun little excursion that’s bound to work off some of those calories in a truly wonderful way!

Bring your family along to enjoy a nice walk with hot apple cider at nearby Cook Creek on Sunday, November 27th at 2:00 p.m. See salmon in their spawning colors and visit a salmon habitat restoration site with the MidCoast Watersheds Council. This is a free public event and cookies are included!

We will meet at the MCWC/Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District office near Oregon Maid Ice Cream in the J.C. Thriftway parking lot at 1:40 p.m. to carpool to the site. Bring appropriate cold/wet weather gear and sturdy shoes; binoculars are also helpful.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council is a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy streams and watersheds of Oregon’s central coast so they are able to produce clean water, rebuild healthy salmon populations, and support a healthy ecosystem and economy. Please call Lisa Mulcahy at 541-264-0572 or email yaquinawatershedcouncil@gmail.com to RSVP or for more information.

Minding Mother Nature’s wonders along the Big Nestucca River


Big Nestucca River before planting project
Central Coast Land Conservancy Photos

Some Big Nestucca River floodplain, acquired for protection by the Central Coast Land Conservancy, is getting some tender loving care from the conservancy with plantings of Sitka Spruce, Nine Bark, Twinberry, Indian Plum and River Willow. The plantings will help fill in a stressed area where the river carries tremendous spring flows along a 7 acre passage.

The plantings will help diversify the trees and other native plants along the property’s riverbanks and part of its floodplains. Interplanting of appropriate shrubs, grasses and trees will help stabilize the bank, add leaf and root density to hold the the soil along the river’s fluctuating shoreline, prevent sediment runoff and provide more food and cover for wildlife, including waterfowl.

Although a professional crew will be hired to do the planting, volunteers will be needed this coming spring for monitoring and maintenance of the new plantings. Those interested in becoming involved in the project are asked to call the Central Land Conservancy at 541-574-7708, or by e-mail at cclc.perry@gmail.com. Donations may also be mailed to the Central Coast Land Conservancy at P.O. Box 1344, Depoe Bay, OR 97341. Donations may also be made through the Network for Good by clicking here.

Nearly four thousand dollars have been raised for the project so far. The funds came from the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership through it’s Local Grants Program. Another source was the Oregon Coastal Management Program which derives funds from NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

The Central Coast Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all donations are fully tax-deductible. The organization’s purpose is to hold and manage for the benefit of the public, in perpetuity, lands that constitute the natural heritage of Tillamook, Lincoln, and western Lane counties. Its goal is to acquire title to, or obtain conservation easements over lands that form wildlife habitats, lands with plant communities unique to the Central Oregon Coast, lands with cultural and historic significance, lands that are scenic and/or provide open space, and lands that provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. The object is to restore, maintain and enhance the lands that surround us for the benefit of all residents and visitors to this area – now and far into the future.

Newport Chamber Update

Business After Hours: Co-Hosted By U.S. Bank & Georgie’s Beachside Grill
This month’s Business After Hours is this Thursday, November 17th, and will be held at U.S. Bank; located at 400 E. Olive St. in Newport. Chamber Members and guests are invitd to attend this complimentary networking event from 5:15 to 7pm.

Donate Jewelry And Feed A Family!
BE JEWELED, Food Share’s recycled jewelry sale is February 11, 2012 at the Newport Shilo Inn. We need donations! Can you help? Just a little jewelry can make a difference. A few bracelets or earrings you don’t wear could feed a family for several days and get you a tax deduction. The Chamber, Food Share, Oregon Coast Bank, Hair Love, Newport Senior Activity Center, Nye Cottage Beads and Canyon Way are accepting donations. If you need a jewelry pickup, call Sue Wilson at 541-574-7898 or Food Share at 541-265-8578.

Ultrasonic: “Floater” To Rock Newport
Longtime Northwest Rock Band “Floater” will be performing at the Newport Armory. Mark your calendars for Friday, December 2nd, beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $16 advanced sale, or $19 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ticketswest.com

Lincoln City closer to “coastal bluff” building rules

How to build along Lincoln City’s coastal bluffs realizing that anything built along them will eventually fall down onto the beach was talked about by the city council Monday evening. Geologists say it may take ten years or it may take a hundred, but they say the bluffs are constantly being eroded by the wind and the tides.

Adopting rules about how to safely (for the time being) build near bluff faces in Lincoln City has occupied the council for the past few months. Mayor Dick Anderson summed it up by saying “We need to put the right kind of restrictions in place, while not being a nanny for anyone. People have to take responsibility for their investment.” However, City Attorney Joan Kelsey reminded the council that when a house goes over the side, it falls down onto the beach and there may be people down there when it does.

In the end the council tentatively adopted the idea that building setbacks from the bluff face should be at a distance equal to 60 times the average annual erosion rate plus five feet. That the city won’t issue a building permit unless an engineering geologist does a comprehensive analysis on the site and that if he or she feels it’s appropriate, call in a “coastal” engineer who may offer other expertise as required in order to certify or deny the suitability of the site for new construction. Same for major additions to existing homes. The council also said they want a one page notification attached to the title of any home or business where a geologic hazard investigation has been done on a lot, this in an effort to let any buyer beware that cliff bluffs are always changing.

The council asked Martzhan to report back with the proposed changes in the new ordinance at its next meeting, November 28th.

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